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The series is all based on darker versions of fairytales.  Each author is writing a different fairytale.  It’s a multi-author series.


What is the sub-genre and trope? Did your characters lead you to this genre or was that decided before the story began?

My trope is forced proximity and enemies to lovers. And it’s a very dark version of Beauty and the Beast. Someone dropped out of the series and that was what they were going to write so I ran with it!

Are you more character or plot driven?

Character for sure. I love to just let my characters loose and write what they say. I have been sitting at stoplights and I’m talking to myself and it’s actually a scene that I’m working on. They’re always waiting.

With many main and secondary characters, how do you keep them separated in your mind? Do you have a story/vision board above your workspace?

I have multiple bulletin boards and when my office is built I’m covering the walls in them.

I don’t put a ton of secondary characters in a lot of my books because I really push myself to get as much about my main characters as I can. I want the reader to be able to say, “There’s no way that character would ever do that.”

I know from previous interviews that characters take on a life of their own. Were any of the characters in this series determined to take their own direction instead of where you initially wanted them to go?

Right from the start. I got my cover going and as soon as I saw it, I said, “She’s not going to be a little innocent. You can see it in her eyes. She’s got her own agenda and she’s willing to do whatever she needs to to get it.”

Are any of the male POVs based on anyone you know? 

I might have sneaky peeks of my hubby in them, I’m not sure. But mainly my characters are all my imagination.

Are any of the female POVs based on anyone you know?

Same thing as with the males. I tend to work from scratch. I’m not even sure if there are any similarities between people I know.

Was there any one character/scene that was harder to write about than the other?  

I’m not sure. But I think the scene where her father sells her to save his company is going to be as rough as I can make it! He is going to be solid evil.

I know that we aren’t supposed to have “favorites” as far as our children, but seriously, who’s your favorite character and why?

The Sheriff in one of my early ones. Big Bad Bull. His name was Bull. He was just a good guy. Damaged with PTSD but a solid guy that really wanted to help people. Unless you got on his bad side. 

Series question - Who is your favorite couple and why did you decide on their dynamics? 

Probably Jaxon’s Pursuit. I knew immediately after I came up with the name. That happens a lot with me. 

The two of them were just something special. She was hiding out and scared of men because of an assault when she was in college. It’s years later and she meets  him. And he knows immediately. And he also recognizes her hurt. He gave her time but he refused to give up. They were just good.

How do you get inside these characters’ heads to find their perfect HEA?

I find them in my own head. I just sit and I let my fingers go. Sometimes I’m talking while I type. They just take over.

What scene in this book/series sticks out the most for you? Why? 

I think it’s going to be that first scene with the two of them and her father again. When he essentially sells her. And the way that my main male reacts. Morally gray is a thing for sure.

This question is if you write in MULTIPLE POVs not just the hero and heroine - I love the multiple POVs in a book. It’s not just the hero and heroine, but we get inside the heads of multiple characters throughout this series. I feel that it gives the story further depth. Do you think you will write another book or series following this multiple POV outline?

I don’t usually do extra characters because they are so short. But I have written some with the point of view of ghosts that are trying to find each other during a contemporary love story with a haunting. And I’ve written some reverse harem with up to four characters. I like them but it’s hard to build as much of the characters because they’re shorts.

How long did it take you to write this book? 

My book in the series will take me about two weeks I think.

How did you come up with the title for your book?

It’s Beauty and the Beast and mine is called Beastly. He has a reputation in business for being beastly to work with. He’s big and civilized but barely.

If you met these characters in real life would you get along? 

I think so. I like to think I’d be friends with all my characters.

Series question – Did you know in advance that you were going to write this as a series or did one of the characters in book one demand their own story?

This is a multi-author collab and I didn’t get in until months later so it was fast.

If your book was made into a movie, which actors do you see as playing your characters? 

Oh jeez. I am not a huge fan of actors. I rarely watch anything really. But maybe The Rock and Scarlet Johanson. 

He needs to be big and yet sleek, barely civilized. She needs to be delicate looking but with a spine of steel.

Can you give us a hint as to what we can expect next? Whether a new book and series or a sequel to an existing series? Can you share a small tease?

I am looking into doing another round of a couple of series next year. Specifically Iron H Ranch and Dark Hearts Mafia. 

I loved both of those series! I also think I want to find another monthly one to do. I loved Wildwood.

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I'm a mother of three who works for a school district as a cafeteria aide but I've also had a lot of different hats over the years. Divorced single mom fresh out of the military working nights in a plastics factory all the way to teaching cardio kickboxing and zumba at the YMCA.

I've been married to my honey bunny for 22 years now. He's absolutely the best and tries to keep me in check as much as possible because I am a crazy person that stacks too much on her plate and then does it all no matter what. Even if it drives everyone nuts!

I love the kind of romances where you know what you're getting. I don't like happily for now. That just feels like cheating to me. I also don't like love triangles. I'm an easy girl and I like my books like I like my! Uncomplicated. So if you're reading my books, you know that no matter what, there's a happily ever after!

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BEASTLY by Tamrin Banks
Dark & Twisted Tales multi-author series - Book 13

Victor Marshall:
In business I'm known as "Beastly" and I live up to that title in as many ways as I can. I work and that's my whole life and I don't care who I take down as long as my business doesn't suffer. But all that changes when I see Bonnie McCalllum for the first time. I no longer care about anything but claiming her as mine.

Her silver-grey eyes, hidden behind dark-rimmed glasses, show a disturbing awareness and intelligence that I want to delve into her. Her dark hair begs my fingers to tear the silky strands out of the coil on the back of her delicate throat. Her rosy-red lips smirk at me and I'm aching to kiss her until she gives in to me.
 Gives in to the flicker of fire that heated the air between us as she walked by.
One look...that's all it took and I knew she belonged to me.

My plan is easy. Tear her father's business apart until he comes begging to me to leave his company alone and then insist on the one thing that I want. My woman.

In less than a month, I've got him meeting me, asking for leniency for his company. Asking what he can do to ease our relations. Which is when I bring up what I want. It takes seconds for him to give in.

I've got my little hellion right where I want her. Now I just have to keep her with me every second of the day until she agrees to marry me. This beast has his woman in his sights and I intend to have her, forever.

Bonnie McCallum:
Traded for my father's company. I knew the man was mad at me after my mother died giving birth to me but I had no idea that he might use me, just like I'm a piece of office equipment.

Trading me to "Beastly" to save and protect his company is a low blow that I was never expecting.

Victor is bossy, angry and overbearing. He won't let me out of his sight until I give in and marry him, giving me the heir that he desires for his own empire. One night together is all we get before evil machinations separate me from him. But there's nothing on this earth that can keep us apart and I know that my "Beastly" is coming for me. I just hope that he's not too late.

Once upon a time…
When you’re tucked into bed and looking for a fairy tale, not all of them can be glitter and gold. Sometimes you want them gritty and twisted to fulfill your deep, dark desires. This October, fifteen of your favorite authors are bringing you the Dark and Twisted Tales Series. These stories will follow you into your dreams and show you that the tales you grew up with might have had moments in the sunshine, but were borne from the darkest corners of your mind.
…they lived happily ever after.

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